Cryptostylis hunteriana Nicholls 1938

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Common Name Hunter's Cryptostylis - In Australia - Furred Tongue Orchid - The Leafless Tongue Orchid

Flower Size 1 3/8" [3.5 cm]

Found as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial occuring in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Australia at elevations of 50 to 1100 meters where it grows on Spear Grass-Tree plains and adjacent heathlands, in moist sandy soils with an erect stem carrying no leaves that will bloom in the winter through summer on an erect, yellowish, to 18" [to 45 cm] long, 1 to 10 flowered inflorescence apparantly with fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide